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ISSUE 212, September 2017

Global pulls plug on touring
as staff defect to Live Nation

MEDIA GROUP Global Entertainment is scaling down its touring business and will make festivals its priority after director Sam Bush and promoter Joe Schiavon joined Live Nation Entertainment (LNE).

Having moved to Global from AEG Live (now AEG Presents), where he was head of live music, two years ago, Bush has been appointed LNE president of UK touring, while Schiavon continues as a national promoter.

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Hope and Glory goes into
liquidation owing £890k 

THE COMPANY behind the disastrous Hope and Glory festival (cap. 12,500) has put itself into liquidation with £888,984 owing to creditors. 

The Liverpool festival, run by Hope and Glory Festival Ltd (HGF), descended into chaos with lengthy queues, overcrowding and delayed performances, resulting in the second day of the inaugural event being cancelled (see LIVE UK issue 211).

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PRS submits agreed new
live tariff for approval

HAVING AGREED terms with live music industry bodies, performance royalty collection body PRS For Music has lodged an application for approval to alter its live tariff.

It is almost two years since a consultation process into increasing the organisation’s Light and Popular (LP) tariff came to an end. 

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Apple cancels music festival 

THE APPLE Music Festival has been axed after running annually for 10 years.

The event launched in 2007 and was initially known as the iTunes Festival, before changing its name in 2015. It has been held at London’s ICA (cap. 350), KOKO (1,410), and the Roundhouse (3,000), featuring artistes such as Adele, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. 

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Kilimanjaro takes major 
stake in Flying Music 

A MAJORITY stake in promoter and show producer Flying Music Group has been acquired by Kilimanjaro Live on behalf of its parent company, Germany-based Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG).

It is believed the pan-Europe promoter, venue operator and record label paid £5 million for a 60 per share in the business, which Kilimanjaro will hold. 

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Live Nation dominance damaging, says AIF

THE DIVERSITY of the UK festival sector and the live music market overall is being threatened by Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) and its far-reaching influence, according to the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF).

Research carried out by AIF, which represents 65 independent event organisers, has found that if LNE’s acquisition of a majority stake in the Isle of Wight Festival (cap. 42,000) from Solo Agency’s John Giddings goes through it would own or majority-own almost 25 per cent of all UK festivals above 5,000 capacity.

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MVT launches Fightback 2

MUSIC VENUE TRUST (MVT) has begun a fundraising drive in partnership with Pledge Music, to culminate in a Fightback concert at Camden’s Electric Ballroom (cap. 1,100), to secure the future of the music charity, it says.

In the lead-up to the concert MVT, which recently had its latest bid for funding from Arts Council England (ACE) turned down, will be selling artiste merchandise and Fightback VIP and aftershow tickets. Companies and individuals can also take out MVT sponsorship packages ranging from Gold, costing £7,500, to Silver (£4,000) and Bronze (£1,500).

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MMF and FanFair Alliance
join industry at the Summit  

THE MUSIC Manager’s Forum has joined forces with the LIVE UK Summit to help create conference panels aimed at the role of artiste managers in the live music sector.

MMF associated anti-ticket abuse campaign group FanFair Alliance has also joined the event and will host a panel called What Price Ethics?, exploring ways that artistes, promoters and venue operators can protect themselves from secondary ticketing.

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Queues at BoomTown blamed
on extra security and weather 

A CULMINATION of heightened security, bad weather and entry issues were to blame for queues of up to nine hours at BoomTown Fair (cap. 60,000), say event organisers. 

Thousands were caught up in the queues with reports on social media of people fainting and fights breaking-out.

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Government seeks guidance
on secondary ticketing laws

AGENTS, MANAGERS, promoters and ticketing agents are among those being asked by the Government to provide opinion on the timing and scope of new legislation to curb secondary ticketing laws. 

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking input on revising the guidance covering elements relating to secondary ticketing in the Digital Economy Bill. 

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Insurer hits back at rapper lawsuit 

LLOYD’S OF London is counter-suing Kanye West, claiming he was in breach of a number of insurance policy clauses, after West filed a $10million lawsuit (£7.55m) against the underwriter.

West cancelled the final 21 dates of his Saint Pablo tour in November last year, before spending time in a psychiatric centre in Los Angeles. 

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NEC invests in former cinema

VENUE OPERATOR NEC Group, which runs two arenas in Birmingham, has struck a deal with the company behind turning Bradford’s former Odeon into a 4,000-capacity concert venue.

Bradford Live, a consortium of local businessmen led by Lee Craven, acquired the derelict venue from the council in 2014 (see LIVE UK 170), and has been trying to raise enough money to complete its renovation.

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Report exposes a dramatic
fall in qualified security staff

THE NUMBER of security and stewards available to work at events has taken a huge fall in the last four years, a report released by the UK Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) reveals.

Since 2013, the amount of security licence renewals has reduced by nearly 40 per cent. 

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AEG refuses to back down
over venue booking row 

GLOBAL VENUE operator AEG says it plans to stick by its co-ordinated booking policy, which links shows at London’s The O2 (cap. 21,000) with artistes also committing to perform at its Staples Center (cap. 20,000) in Los Angeles.

The policy began as retaliation to the company behind New York’s Madison Square Garden (19,000) and offshoot Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSG) suggested it would restrict shows at the iconic arena ifx acts didn’t play its LA arena The Forum (17,500) instead of the Staples Center (see LIVE UK issue 210). 

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‘Unforgettable’ Chumbley
leaves void in the industry 

KNOWN IN the agency world as a “larger than life” character, Primary Talent International Dave director Chumbley has died at the age of 57. 

After a career spanning more than three decades, working with artistes including Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, Imogen Heap, Rufus Wainwright and Dropkick Murphys, Chumbley died in hospital of cancer on 22 August.

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Top two finalists announced

AS LIVE UK went to press, the Top 3 finalists in each of 23 categories for the Live Music Business Awards were about to be announced. 

The results will be listed on and published in a brochure accompanying this magazine.

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DHP to open new venue in Birmingham 

VENUE OWNER, festival and concert promoter DHP Family is expanding its portfolio, with a new live music venue in Birmingham.

Having bought the freehold to the former Rosie O’Briens bar, located close to the city’s New Street station, DHP plans to turn it into a 350-400 capacity venue.

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O’Shea departs arena to focus on promoting 

THE GENERAL manager of the 13,000-capacity Sheffield Arena, Rob O’Shea, has left the role to concentrate on his regional promoting company Manifesto Events.

O’Shea had been in the position for 11 years, having previously worked as deputy manager at the O2 Apollo (3,500) in Manchester. During this time he has also been involved in promoting and set-up Manifesto in 2012 with business partner Stuart Basford.

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  UK Venues for Contemporary Live Music (2017)
Part 1 Theatres and Concert Halls

The annual 92-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring a directory, interviews with and profiles of key figures.
The UK's Best Venues for Contemporary Live Music
Part 2 Open-air venues, stadiums, arenas, campus venues, arts centres, clubs, pubs & bars.

The annual 76-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring interviews with and profiles of key figures.